We are hiring

We are recruiting an Assistant Consultant to join our team, preferably in Cardiff, but possibly in Bristol. No previous experience is needed, but you should have a keen interest in socio economics and local economic development. This position is a permanent full or part-time role.

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Isabel Compton

Assistant Consultant

Assistant Consultant

Role and Responsibilities

You will be responsible for carrying out policy and strategy research and analysis of socio-economic data to help our clients understand the challenges and strengths of their local economies. You will support senior staff in the development of business cases for major investment in urban regeneration, infrastructure schemes and business support programmes. You will undertake modelling of economic and employment data to calculate the economic impact of developments, as well as considering wider social impacts to the local community and businesses. You will assist in economic impact assessments of low carbon energy projects, including offshore wind, solar, waste to energy and nuclear power.

Client engagement is an integral aspect of our work so you will often join meetings and consultations with local stakeholders to discuss progress, present findings and gain a greater insight into local socio economic challenges and opportunities.

HJA are passionate about providing strong and unique insights into economic development related issues, and therefore employees are encouraged to attend regular online webinars and lectures on all topic areas that may impact our work. We also offer employees full membership to the Institute of Economic Development. As a business, we provide flexible reward packages and offer a clear path for progression and development.

The main competencies required are:

Research, analysis and insight
  • Gathering data, evidence, and information;
  • Analysing data using Microsoft Excel;
  • Understanding the drivers of economic growth and regeneration;
  • Undertaking high quality and accurate analysis and report writing.
Teamwork and communication
  • Working effectively as part of a team which is based in two locations;
  • Communicating effectively with team members and clients;
  • Efficient organisation of client meetings; and
  • Responding to constructive feedback.
Structuring and managing workload
  • Agreeing a reasonable workload with senior members of staff;
  • Working on multiple projects simultaneously; and
  • Delivering outputs by an agreed deadline.

Person specification

The successful candidate must have an interest in and appreciation of current events and issues in economic development in the UK.

Qualifications (essential)
  • Degree/Diploma or above in a relevant subject
  • GCSE Mathematics A*–C (or equivalent)
  • GSCE English Language A*– C (or equivalent)
Attributes (preferred)
  • Evidence of interest in UK economic geography/development
  • Relevant work experience
General skills
  • Excellent literacy and numeracy
  • Data analysis
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Time management
  • Organisation
  • Motivation
  • Adaptability
  • Inquisitive and forward thinking

Further Details


Offices are located in Cardiff and near Bristol. The role would preferably be based in Cardiff but this is negotiable. HJA is flexible and open to hybrid working.

Hours and pay

22.5 – 37.5 hours per week (3-5 days), negotiable. Offering a competitive salary.

Our Values

HJA is committed to eliminating discrimination and as we grow, we will seek to encourage diversity amongst our workforce. Our aim is that each employee feels respected and able to give their best. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination and welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of race (including ethnic origin, colour, nationality or national origin), gender, sexual orientation, disability, socio economic background, religion, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or age.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email contact@hardistyjones.com to request an Application Pack. The pack will contain a task for candidates to complete as well as further details regarding interviews.

Application Pack request deadline: 5pm Friday 26 August

Task and CV submission deadline: 10am Tuesday 30 August

We will respond to applications within one week of the task submission deadline. Interviews will take place from 5 September onwards.